Eric Rhoads

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Eric Rhoads
Judge For: March 2010

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Eric Rhoads began life in 1954 in Indiana.  His artistic talents developed
early, and a floral painting he created at age twelve is still hanging in
his home.  Though Rhoads spent much of his life sketching places he visited,
his career path took him into another artistic direction. He became a radio
air personality in several cities around the U.S. with his voice being heard
by millions.  Though radio was a wonderful creative outlet, he also had a
passion for photography.  “This is where I learned about light and values,
which were invaluable to my understanding of light and values in painting”,
he says.

In 1986 Rhoads entered the publishing business, which he operates today.  He
has started several magazines and published several books, including one he
authored called *Blast from the Past: A Pictorial History of Radio's First
75 Years*<>.
During this period, Rhoads continued to pursue his love of painting, and
signed on with the Atelier of Jack Jackson, who was a student of world
renowned artists Frank Rielly and Ives Gammel.  Under Jackson, Rhoads
studied for five years in a traditional academic environment with a focus on
learning portraiture by copying works by great Renaissance masters through
the 18th century.

Needing more time with his wife and new triplets in 2002, Rhoads abandoned
his extensive portraiture work for plein air landscape painting.  As he
became more involved in the plein air movement he applied his publishing
skills to the development of a new art magazine, entitled *Plein Air
Magazine.*  In 2006 Rhoads broadened the focus of the magazine which became
*Fine Art Connoisseur* <>.  He is the owner
and Editor-in-Chief.  The magazine is distributed to art collectors,
curators and historians worldwide. In 2009 Rhoads launched *Artist Advocate
Magazine <>*, which showcases the work
of artists to art galleries. Rhoads also writes a marketing blog for
artists and a blog on
marketing for art galleries <>. Eric is
also one of the most painted men in modern history with frequent
commissioned portraits used for the magazine, which he blogs about in the
interest of promoting portraiture in the Portrait Project

Rhoads has become a frequent speaker on fine art and has vetted and judged
many art shows.  Though he remains very busy selecting quality content for
the publication and managing his organization, he works feverishly on his
painting. Rhoads travels with his easel and paints on business trips
throughout the world. He is leading a Russian art
cruise  for art collectors and painters
to St. Petersburg, Russia, Copenagen, Denmark, Talin, Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden this summer.

Rhoads has studied under Jack Jackson, Leila Carlson, a protégé of Odd
Nerdrum, Charles H. White, Ken Auster, Matt Smith, Ned Muller, Joe Paquet,
Kevin MacPherson, and others.  Rhoads is listed in Who’s Who in American
Art, is a member of the California Art Club and the National Arts Club in
NY. He is currently studying the figure under Graydon Parish.